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Don't Postpone Joy (Joy in the Journey)

Updated on February 10, 2014
Photo by Jonathan Buck
Photo by Jonathan Buck

Martha had had enough. Her sister Mary had done it again, left her to do all the work while she just sat there. Martha had become distracted by all the preparations. And though the very source of Joy was with her, all she could focus on were her responsibilities.

Sound familiar?

“But the Lord answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her." Luke 10:41-42

But how can life really be about one thing? Without Martha, no food would have been served.

On a slow morning, sitting on a dock facing the inter-coastal waterway in Wilmington, NC, I am once again pondering how to be a Mary without neglecting my responsibilities.

Though it is October, the mid morning sun is warming the steady breeze as it massages my face. As I look across the gray blue waterway, white caps are ushering the tide to my right. The rhythmic waves lap upon the shore only interrupted by the rubbing of the floating docks along the pile driven wooden poles, the squawking of sea birds and the distant sound of a dog’s bark.

I have sought my own answers to this quandary for years, but this morning it all seems clear. No profound answers are given, only His strong hand outstretched; inviting me to give Him my concerns, so we can be about His. Together, He will show me how to live a Mary life in a Martha world.

My cares are safely sealed, waiting for His command to be revealed. I need not hold them in my mind with Mary at His feet.

Two light yellow butterflies dart across the rolling tide. Above the water flow, there is a lime green strip of land below a line of emerald trees, couching white, multi-storied buildings in the distance. Above the tree line, a cloudless sky rises in deeper shades of pastel blue towards the heavens.

Wow! This is joy, this trusting, this resting, this enjoying His presence. Is this abiding?

So, what now? I could regret millions moments of life which have passed me by, but I will not.

I will go forth from here with a deeper understanding of what Jesus meant when he told me not to worry, but to seek His business, His Kingdom, His supremacy in all of life.

All that other stuff, the stuff I seem to focus on, what I will eat and what I will wear and what I will drink – He has got that. He and I have more important things to do, like enjoying this very moment together.

And by the way, when I am doing that (Enjoying moments of life with Him) we will love the people we meet along the way, together.

"Love is the overflow of joy in God that gladly meets the needs of others." John Piper

In His Presence is fullness of Joy (Psalm 16:11)

Joy in the Journey

As we forge into our work week we can carry in our phone or day timer or scrap of paper a list of things we don't want to forget. I often call them duties.

Duties. Even the word sounds heavy. And I think the reason is that sometimes our hearts aren't engaged. We are reduced to human doings rather than human beings.

What if we looked at this list differently, taking our focus off of what we do and look to who we are with: God our ever present help (Psalm 46) and those he brings our way.

I believe that these duties will be transformed into delights.

On my phone today there is no duty list of things that need my attention. I have a list, but it is my delight list.

I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” (Psalm 40:8 ESV)


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      teacherjoe52 6 years ago

      Very good.

      I like to spend my time with Jesus every morning reading the Bible and talking with Him.

      Believing He loves me and blesses me prevents the Martha sydrome creep into my life

      God bless you.

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      Robuck4 7 years ago from Columbia, SC

      Thanks for your words richtwf and neelia_lyn. Let's continue to encourage each other to experience His presence.

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      Elaine PN 7 years ago from Philippines

      It's wonderful! In so many ways we let even the smallest things to take our joy. I like your hub

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      richtwf 7 years ago

      Thanks Robuck4 for sharing these words with us. It's so easy to forget to really live and appreciate the present and to devote time to what really matters. I absolutely agree with your previous comment and that of Flobe's and that it's all about keeping a healthy balance in all that we do. Many people will say that they will be happy when they achieve something or if some condition is met. But if they were to learn to appreciate things in their lives for which seem to taken for granted then they wouldn't be postponing their joy but actually savouring it while they journey to meet their life goals.

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      Robuck4 7 years ago from Columbia, SC

      Thanks FloBe. Balance is the key. Thanks for your perspective.

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      Flo Belanger 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I always struggled with being a Mary in a Martha world (the opposite problem of most) and had to learn how to get things done while I was spending time with Jesus. I guess we all have to learn, no matter which angle we're coming from, to find how these two can merge into one. Neither one is wrong, I think He wants us to find a balance in our life where we're not so focused on our part, that we forget to trust Him in it all.